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Google is Hunting for an Autism Gene

Google is on a mission to pinpoint the genetic causes of autism. The company is using its cloud-based genome database, Google Genomics, to sequence genomes from 10,000 people on the autism spectrum, along with their family members. The plan is to host and index the genomes so that researchers can look for the genetic origins of the developmental disorder. Read More >>

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The World’s First Handheld DNA Sequencer is a Genetics Lab In a Box

DNA sequencing is crucial for identifying and tracking nasty viruses like E. coli and the flu. But current tabletop-size DNA sequencing machines aren't readily portable. Researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand have a solution in a brick-sized DNA sequencer that connects wirelessly to a smartphone or laptop. Read More >>

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We Only Just Discovered This Super Common Virus That’s Likely Inside You

Scientists have announced discovery of an incredibly common new virus that lives inside human gut bacteria. It's called crAssphage (more on the name later!), and it's about six times more abundant than all other known bacterial viruses put together. How did we miss it for so long? Read More >>

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We’ve Been Treating the Deadliest Form of Breast Cancer All Wrong

One of the worst things you can hear from you doctor is that you, or a loved one, has "triple negative" breast cancer. It stubbornly refuses to respond to the best treatments available, so doctors have to resort to chemotherapy. It strikes 16 per cent of breast cancer patients, most of them younger than 40. But we may finally have figured out how to beat it. Read More >>